It's not just about the parade and fireworks anymore.

It's not just about the parade and fireworks anymore.

The city's Parks and Recreation Department has planned a Freedom Festival from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. July 4 at the Gahanna Community Golf Course, 220 Olde Ridenour Road. There will be free concerts by the John Schwab Band and The Juju Bees, children's games and premium fireworks seating.

The event is free, but a $5 charge for a wristband will allow children to participate the children's activities.

Parks and Recreation is also taking reservations for tables at the event. They seat up to eight and cost $75. For more information, call 342-4250.

Gahanna Parks & Recreation will add three more days and additional hours to the paddle boat rental at Creekside.

To respond to the increased demand, the department will add rentals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, beginning June 30. Paddleboard rent for $5 per boat for 30 minutes.

New hours include: Tuesday through Friday, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

The recent Ohio Supreme Court ruling prohibiting cities from requiring employees to live in the city troubles city attorney Tom Weber.

It's not that he wants cities to require workers to live inside the city, he said. "The issue is home rule," he said. The decision just points to how the powers of local communities are being undermined.

Home rule allows a city to have its laws apply instead of state laws in some circumstances.

Weber noted that Chief Justice Thomas Moyer issued an "impassioned dissent" and was joined by Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger.

Moyer wrote that the "rationale used by the majority in this case [sets a course] that will result in the resolution of very few important policy decisions by elected officials of local government where the General Assembly decides to intervene."

The Big Walnut Area Historical Society will host the program "What's My Antique?" from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 at the Myers Inn in Sunbury.

Andrew Richmond and Kristin Crump from Garth's Auction House in Delaware will give a short program on antiques, followed by an appraisal session, during which they will identify and place a value on items brought in by audience members.

Admission to the program is free. A $5 donation will be collected for each item appraised. Each person or family is limited to three items.

Items to be appraised will be listed at a first-come, first-served sign-up at the door.

Donations will support the Big Walnut Area Historical Society.

For more information, call Vicki Tieche at (740) 965-4535 or Polly Horn at (740) 965-3582.

"Sacred Threads," an exhibition of quilts, will be on display at Reynoldsburg High School, 6699 E. Livingston Ave., June 17-28.

The juried exhibition features 216 original art quilts, which are displayed with artists' statements that discuss the spiritual journey or beliefs of the quilters.

A special group of 16 quilts made by women in the Marysville Reformatory for Women will be included in the show.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, some of the exhibitors will be on hand to meet visitors and answer questions about their work.

Hours for the show are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 per person.